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  • Fabio Capello says he's staying on as Russia coach

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    MOSCOW (AP) — Fabio Capello is staying in his post as Russia coach despite the team's World Cup failure. Russia was eliminated after the group stage in Brazil without winning a game, prompting speculation the Italian would be fired. "If I'm here, then it's clear that I'll continue to work with the Russian team. It's already confirmed," Capello said Wednesday after a second meeting with Russian Football Union officials. Capello said he had the trust of the RFU and the country's sports ministry, and was prepared to resign if he ever felt he had lost that trust. RFU president Nikolai Tolstykh said the organization's executive committee had not discussed the possibility of Capello leaving when the Italian met the me

  • Italy bobsledder Frullani could face 1-year ban

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    MILAN (AP) — Italian sport's anti-doping office has asked for bobsledder William Frullani to be banned for a year after failing a doping test at the Sochi Olympics. Frullani tested positive for the banned stimulant dimetylpentylamine on Feb. 18 and the Italian was kicked out of Sochi. The case goes to the second level of the Italian Olympic committee's anti-doping tribunal. The 34-year-old Frullani was a five-time national champion in the decathlon and heptathlon before turning to the bobsled.

  • Fans invade field, disrupt Roma-Real Madrid match

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    DALLAS (AP) — About 20 men, one waving a Palestinian flag, ran on the field in the 87th minute of Roma's 1-0 win over Real Madrid at the Cotton Bowl on Tuesday. The group of mostly young men overwhelmed the match security and delayed the game for a while. Players and officials waited patiently as the visitors were rounded up and removed from the scene. The invaders looked for some sort of acknowledgement, and Real Madrid's Isco allowed selfies, and signed some jerseys. Francesco Totti scored the only goal of the friendly in the 58th.

  • Keita throws water bottle at Pepe before friendly

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    An old feud has sparked up after Roma's Seydou Keita refused to shake Pepe's hand before his side's friendly against Real Madrid in Dallas. Keita snubbed Pepe and then threw a water bottle at him, which appeared to hit the Portugal defender on the shoulder. The two have endured a troubled relationship since Keita's time at Barcelona, where the Mali international accused Pepe of racism during the 2011 Spanish Supercup. Pepe, who has been involved in several controversial incidents, kept his calm on Tuesday and even smiled after the bottle was hurled at him. It briefly appeared as if the situation would get worse as Real Madrid duo Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso remonstrated with Keita. Roma went on to win the m

  • Minnesota stadium installs grass for soccer match

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota's stadium is getting a grassy makeover in preparation for an international soccer match. The university is covering the artificial turf in TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis with real grass for a Saturday match between England's Manchester City club and Greece's Olympiacos club. An assistant athletics director tells WCCO-TV it takes 30 trucks and 10,000 square yards of sod to do the job, which began Tuesday. The sod comes from a North Branch farm. The match is part of the Guinness International Champions Cup tournament being played in the U.S. and Canada. A tournament spokesman tells the Star Tribune that running on real grass is better for players' legs.

  • Rockies scoreless after 1st inning, lose in 16


    CHICAGO (AP) — The Colorado Rockies jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first, but failed to score again. Chicago catcher John Baker scored on Starlin Castro's sacrifice in the 16th inning to lift the Cubs to a 4-3 victory over the Rockies in a game that lasted 6 hours, 27 minute — a record for longest game by time for both teams. Colorado chased Cubs starter Edwin Jackson after he labored through 105 pitches over four innings, allowing six hits and three walks. However, the Rockies couldn't muster anything against the Cubs' bullpen. "When you go 15 innings without scoring a run, you don't deserve to win," Colorado manager Walt Weiss said. "Three runs in the first, starter's out the game early. If you can't win th

  • Braves lose 8-4 to streaking Dodgers


    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tommy La Stella put together his second straight three-hit game and fourth since making his major league debut in late May. Freddie Freeman broke out of his slump, too. Their offense just wasn't enough to keep Atlanta's winning streak going. The Braves twice blew leads in losing 8-4 to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night, when their winning streak ended at three games. Freeman, who went 2 for 4, put Atlanta back in front 3-2 in the third with a two-run homer. He came in just 7 for 41 in 11 games since the All-Star break. La Stella tied his career high with three hits and reached base four times. Anthony Varvaro (3-3) took the loss, giving up three runs and four hits in one relief inning.

  • Kemp's 2 homers help Dodgers beat Braves 8-4


    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Kemp is making a case for himself, regardless of where he's playing the rest of the season. With his name being bandied about ahead of Thursday's trade deadline, Kemp hit a pair of two-run homers to power the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Atlanta Braves 8-4 Tuesday night. His four RBIs were a season high as he surpassed 600 career RBIs with 603. Kemp is hitting .400 in 10 games since the All-Star break. "I'm not worried about any rumors," he said. "I'm just worried about helping my team win." Kemp is playing right field, where he began his career, having been moved from center field in the Dodgers' crowded outfield. "I'd play anywhere right now," he said. "I'm just happy to be in the

  • Cubs beat Rockies in 16 innings, 4-3


    CHICAGO (AP) — Catcher John Baker scored the winning run in the bottom of the 16th inning after pitching a scoreless top half, and the Chicago Cubs overcame a three-run deficit to beat the Colorado Rockies 4-3 on Tuesday night. Baker scored on Starlin Castro's fly to end game that lasted 6 hours, 27 minute, a record for longest game by time for both teams. Chicago used seven relievers before Baker (1-0) became the first Cubs position player to take the mound since Aug. 27, 2012, when Joe Mather faced Milwaukee. The Rockies also used all seven relievers in their bullpen, then turned to Tyler Matzek, a starter in the 16th. Matzek (2-5) walked Baker to lead off the inning.

  • Morse homers but Giants lose 6th straight


    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — It's been quite some time since Giants manager Bruce Bochy heard booing from the home crowd at AT&T Park. With his club struggling to pull itself out of a deepening funk at the waterfront stadium, the sounds of discontent are growing louder with each game. Mike Morse hit his 15th home run of the season but that was about all that San Francisco could muster in a 3-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night. The Giants have dropped all five games on this current six-game homestand and have lost six consecutive games overall. Still, it was surprising when a chorus of boos rained down midway through the game. "The fans ... they're frustrated too," Bochy said. "You play so well over

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    EDS: The Colorado Rockies and Chicago Cubs were tied 3-3 after 15 innings.

  • Liriano fans 11 in Pirates' 3-1 win


    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — His left oblique no longer a painful obstacle, Francisco Liriano is starting to look like the dominant pitcher he was for Pittsburgh in 2013. With the Pirates in the thick of the race in the NL Central, the timing couldn't be better. Liriano struck out a season-high 11 in seven innings to win consecutive starts for the first time this season and Pittsburgh beat the San Francisco Giants 3-1 on Tuesday night. "I was just trying to hit my spots, make some good pitches," said Liriano, who last won consecutive starts nearly a year ago. "My last start and tonight, everything's getting better pitching-wise and I'm getting ahead with the fastball.

  • Gyorko, Ross lead Padres to 3-1 win vs Cardinals


    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jedd Gyorko singled in Yangervis Solarte with the go-ahead run with two outs in the sixth inning and Tyson Ross and the San Diego Padres beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 on Tuesday night. Ross, a first-time All-Star, won his third straight start by holding St. Louis to one run and four hits in six innings. He struck out seven, including fanning the side in his last inning. It was the eighth time Ross (10-10) went six-plus innings and allowed two or fewer runs, the second-longest such streak in the majors. Gyorko returned Monday from a 44-game stay on the disabled list with plantar fasciitis. His run-scoring single to left off Lance Lynn came just as it seemed the Padres would strand two runners.

  • Ivanovic, Venus are first round winners


    STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Ana Ivanovic has a new coach and a better outlook. Venus Williams continues to work toward another possible Grand Slam title. The fifth-seeded Ivanovic won her first-round match in the Bank of the West Classic, defeating Sabine Lisicki 7-6 (2), 6-1 on Tuesday. The former world No. 1 lost to Lisicki in three sets in their previous meeting at Wimbledon. "My mentality has changed," Ivanovic said. "Sometimes just a few points make a difference and it helps to be positive in a tight situation. I did that today in the tiebreak." She also hired Dejan Petrovic and was playing her first tournament with him. "It was a lot of things on and off the court," Ivanovic said of her split with Nemanja Kont

  • Safarova loses in 1st round of Citi Open


    WASHINGTON (AP) — Top-seeded Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic lost to France's Kristina Mladenovic in the first round of the Citi Open on Tuesday. Mladenovic rallied for a 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory against the Wimbledon semifinalist. She will face American qualifier Taylor Townsend in the second round. On the men's side, Americans Jack Sock, Sam Querrey and Steve Johnson each advanced with straight-set victories. Other first-round winners included Dominican Republic's Victor Estrella Burgos and Dudi Sela of Israel. Seventh-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa and No. 11 seed Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan reached the third round with straight-set victories.

  • Oklahoma football: Hello, Houston

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    The Houston Chronicle reports that an OU-University of Houston game is being finalized to kick off the 2016 season at NRG Stadium (formerly Reliant Stadium).  And if the Sooners indeed play in Houston, only one question arises. What took the Sooners so long? Houston is a big city for the university, both for football recruits […]

  • Oklahoma City-area community briefs

    Updated: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

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  • Fans run on field in Real Madrid-AS Roma match

    Updated: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    DALLAS (AP) — Approximately 20 fans ran on the field in the 87th minute of AS Roma's 1-0 victory over Real Madrid at the Cotton Bowl on Tuesday night, disrupting play in the International Champions Cup match. The group of mostly young men appeared to overwhelm the security officials working the game. One man waived a Palestinian flag as he ran across the field. Players and officials waited patiently as the visitors were rounded up and removed from the scene. Some of the players stretched while others just stood with their hands on their hips as the fans ran by looking for some sort of acknowledgement. Francesco Totti scored the only goal on a cross from Alessandro Florenzi from the right side in the 58th minute.

  • Nationals blanked by Alvarez, Marlins

    Updated: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    MIAMI (AP) — Even though Washington Nationals were on the wrong end of the result, it was a positive outing for Stephen Strasburg. Strasburg pitched well Tuesday night in the Nationals' 3-0 loss to Miami, the Marlins' sixth straight win. Strasburg (7-9) allowed one run and four hits in seven innings. He gave up four runs in each of his last two starts. "I just tried to keep the ball down and less contact and really move it in and out," Strasburg said. The Marlins got to Strasburg in the sixth when Giancarlo Stanton drove in his first of two runs in the game. "That might be the best that I've seen him pitch," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "He had a really good fastball going.

  • Alvarez, Marlins beat Nats for 6th straight win

    Updated: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins have gotten contributions from a number of players during their recent surge. On Tuesday night, their two All-Stars led them. Henderson Alvarez pitched seven scoreless innings, Giancarlo Stanton drove in two runs and the surging Marlins beat Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals 3-0 for their sixth straight win. Christian Yelich also drove in a run for the Marlins, who have won nine of their last 10. "Guys are excited, there's a lot of confidence," manager Mike Redmond said. Steve Cishek loaded the bases in the ninth before striking out Anthony Rendon to record his 27th save in 30 chances. At 53-53, the Marlins have climbed back to the .500 mark for the first time si